Definition of detract:
- decrease (part of speech: verb)
- protest (part of speech: verb)
- slander (part of speech: verb)
- detract (part of speech: verb)
We are far from wishing to detract from the merit of other nationalities; but the vast influence which the Irish population has exerted in extending the domain of the Church is well deserving of notice, because it conveys a very instructive lesson.- "Irish Race in the Past and the Present", Aug. J. Thebaud.
Both in Michelet and in Quinet there is an affectation of the seer, as well as an undue fluency of language, and an absence of precision in form and place, which detract from their otherwise high literary value.- "A Short History of French Literature", George Saintsbury.
- "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.